you have children. As parents, you want to capture all of the moments you can during the
holidays while also making sure that each part of the festivities goes off without a hitch.
Holidays can be absolutely crazy– from the traveling, to the noise level, to the food
preparations and gift wrapping— all wonderful and memory making, but stressful none the
The key to keeping your head about you throughout the course of the holidays is to be
organized and prepare beforehand. While you cannot necessarily control the course of
events on the holidays themselves, you can however prep and organize the holiday menu,
task list, and manage the day in such a way that allows things to flow somewhat peacefully
without an extensive to-do list on the actual day of celebration. Here are three tips that will
help you as you prep and plan for this year’s festivities:
1. Make Lists. Make lists for your lists. And make lists for those too! All jokes aside, list
making really is a great way to stay on top of tasks this year. Organize your lists into
different categories and create itemized task lists for yourself and those planning
2. Take advantage of online freebies. The internet is crawling with free printables,
checklists, holiday cooking guides, coupons, and DIY tips for designer-worthy
decorations and menus. Simple tools such as this will make the holiday season less
overwhelming, and assist you as you prepare to be an amazing hostess.
3. Plan ahead. Your greatest asset during the holiday season will be to complete as
many tasks as possible in advance so on the day of your gathering only the finishing
touches need to be done.This includes menu planning, shopping for the ingredients,
and cutting or preparing the food before hand. Prepare as many dishes as possible
ahead of time so that your time in front of a hot stove is tremendously reduced.
Hostess veterans, how have YOU prepped and planned for hosting for Holiday Seasons
past? Any tips or tricks? We would love to hear from you!